Absolute numbers of regulatory T cells and neutrophils in corticosteroid-free patients are predictive for response to bevacizumab in recurrent glioblastoma patients

Abstract : Bevacizumab (Bv) remains frequently prescribed in glioblastoma (GBM) patients, especially at recurrence. We conducted a prospective clinical trial with 29 recurrent GBM patients treated with Bv alone with a longitudinal follow-up of different circulating immune cells [complete blood count, myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), classical, intermediate, non-classical and Tie2 monocytes, VEGFR1+ and regulatory T cells (Treg)]. We observed a significant increase for leucocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils and classical monocytes and a decrease for the fraction of Treg during the treatment. The best prognostic values for survival under Bv were obtained for basal neutrophils and Treg. Counts below 3.9 G/L for neutrophils and above 0.011 G/L for Treg were associated with an overall survival of 17.5 and 19.9 months, respectively, as compared with 5.4 and 5.6 months, respectively, for counts above and below these cutoffs (p = 0.004 and p < 0.001). No prognostic impact was observed for neutrophils in a retrospective cohort of 26 patients treated with nitrosoureas alone. In another retrospective validation cohort of 61 GBM patients treated at recurrence with a Bv-containing regimen, an interaction was observed between neutrophils and corticosteroid intake. The predictive value of neutrophils on survival under Bv was lost in patients treated with corticosteroids, when steroid-free patients with a low neutrophil count had a particularly long median survival of 3.4 years. These two simply accessible criteria (basal neutrophils and steroid intake) could be used to reserve this relatively costly treatment for patients likely to be the most responsive to Bv and prevent unnecessary side effects in others.
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Véronique Quillien, Antoine F Carpentier, Alain Gey, Tony Avril, Eric Tartour, et al.. Absolute numbers of regulatory T cells and neutrophils in corticosteroid-free patients are predictive for response to bevacizumab in recurrent glioblastoma patients. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, Springer Verlag, 2019, 68 (6), pp.871-882. ⟨10.1007/s00262-019-02317-9⟩. ⟨hal-02088074⟩

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